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Meet the Team

Mark Hollinshead

Mark Hollinshead

C.E.O.

Mark is the CEO and founder of Hollicom. Most of Mark’s career to date has been spent working in media. He sat on the board of FTSE 250 company Trinity Mirror Plc (now Reach Plc) as COO responsible for some of the most famous news brands in the UK. He has also been MD of Mirror Group Newspapers and at 36 was the youngest ever MD of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail. He works on communication strategy development for all Hollicom clients. Mark is also a former Chair of Scottish Athletics. He’s run nine marathons and admits that the tenth is probably not going to happen. The head is willing but the body refuses.

Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

C.F.O.

Steve is the CFO and co-founder of Hollicom. A chartered accountant, Steve worked for PWC Newcastle before moving into industry and senior roles in manufacturing and engineering in North East England. Over his career to date he has participated in a number of corporate deals before growing each of the businesses and completing successful exits. As well as Finance, he is responsible for IT , HR and assisting with strategic development of the business.

 

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Rachel Lindsay

Rachel Lindsay

Client Services Director

Account Director Rachel Lindsay began her career in TV production but a move to London agency Launch is where she found her passion for PR and honed her skills.  Since then Rachel has worked on the media relations for many of the UK’s most recognised brands. She loves hanging out with her bossy toddler. She also loves a glass of dry rosé blush.

Allan Rennie

Allan Rennie

Associate Director

Journalist Allan Rennie is one of the UK’s most experienced media executives, having risen from junior reporter to edit two national newspapers. He also served as editorial director of Trinity Mirror’s national titles (now Reach PLC)  and was managing director of  Scotland’s largest commercial digital publisher.  An accomplished public speaker, Allan blogs on tech disruption and the media and is a regular BBC commentator. He is Honorary Professor of Media Studies at the University of Stirling.

Heather Suttie

Heather Suttie

Creative Director

Heather has more than 20 years of experience in media in publishing, the third sector and broadcasting. Based in London for 10 years, she’s worked on global music and brand partnership events with Orange, Diageo and MTV. She’s worked with radio and TV brands including BBC1,BBC Radio Scotland, Xfm, Channel 4, and Done & Dusted, in both a producing and presenting capacity. 

Heather specialises in content creation and was previously commercial video content lead for the UK’s largest publishing company. A successful environmental campaigner, her “Say No to Plastic”  campaign in 2007 gained worldwide recognition, changed the behaviour of major retailers and was instrumental in the introduction of the plastic bag charge in Scotland. In her spare time she hosts a book club and story-telling blog. With a passion for thrift, charity and recycled fashion she can be found wearing vintage sequin finds on a regular day at the office. 

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer

Senior Account Manager

Katie has almost a decade of experience in communications, starting her career in museums and heritage with National Trust for Scotland, before embarking on seven years in broadcast and digital media at Scotland’s best watched TV channel, STV. She worked as a feature writer and social media producer, before joining STV’s in-house marketing agency, where she successfully led key campaigns, producing on-air promos, cinema trailers, radio and outdoor advertising. She joined Hollicom in early 2020 bringing a passion for storytelling, brand development and pickles (on everything) to the team.

Jordan Agnew

Jordan Agnew

Account Manager

After four years of working as a communications advisor in Westminster, Jordan joined the Hollicom team as an account manager. With a degree in law and extensive experience of working in regulatory environments, Jordan works with our corporate clients to bring their communications to life. Jordan specialises in B2B, corporate communications, public affairs and stakeholder engagement. During lockdown, Jordan can usually be found watching reruns of old football matches, drinking far too much coffee and exploring Glasgow’s Southside.

Becca Smith

Becca Smith

Account Manager

Becca previously worked as a Digital Marketing Manager for a group of Glasgow’s best-known hospitality venues. A young entrepreneur, Becca set up her own business focusing on social media management, photography and content creation.  This allowed her to develop a portfolio of hospitality, beauty, wellness and corporate clients. Becca specialises in social media and content creation and is passionate about all aspects of brand development. She enjoys her time off adventuring around Scotland with her young family, trying out the latest vegan food Glasgow has to offer or chasing down highland cows for the perfect close-up.

Luke Traynor

Luke Traynor

Events Manager

Luke heads up our sister company, Classic Run Events and is currently helping to build a portfolio of road running events around Scotland. Luke is also one of the UK’s best distance runners, ranking third on the Scottish all-time lists for both the 10km and Half Marathon. The wealth of experience Luke brings comes from years of competing around the world in running events. He now balances his training with a full time professional life in the events sector.

Sara Hamad El Niel

Sara Hamad El Niel

Senior Account Executive

Born and raised in Dubai, Sara has worked with some of the top PR agencies in the world, including Edelman, Golin and Porter Novelli. In 2020 she completed her master’s degree in Digital Media and Society at the University of Stirling, to strengthen her suite of expertise in the communications field. Sara specialises in corporate communication, content creation and digital strategy for our business clients. Sara also runs a podcast where she shares her experiences and views on real-life topics – professional by day, philosopher by night. 

Siannon McLeod

Siannon McLeod

Social Media Creative Lead

Siannon is a visual artist and content creator. A graduate from Glasgow School of Art with a first class degree in Fine Art, Painting and Print Making, she brings an informed eye and creative styling to social media marketing. She developed her craft as a freelance social media manager within the hospitality and sports sectors. In her spare time Siannon curates traders events as one of the team behind Glasgow’s much-loved Park Lane Market, where she collaborates with fellow artists and musicians. With an increasingly expensive manicure habit, she has landed the coveted role of resident Hollicom hand model.

Jack Mercer

Jack Mercer

Social Media Content Creator

Jack Mercer is a Glasgow School of Art graduate specialising in documentary, fashion, lifestyle photography and graphic design. He moved to Scotland from London in 2015 as he fell in love with Scotland’s rugged landscapes, where he developed a photography style which best captures the raw beauty of Scottish materials and textures. Jack has worked with brands including Ted Baker, Cos and Ryan James Studios. Prior to joining Hollicom, he worked inhouse for a leading Scottish architect firm where he honed his skills in digital marketing and content creation. In his spare time Jack often works on personal projects or can be found in the kitchen cooking something to photograph (and then devour!)